Are you a parent? Do you have a television in your home? If you answered yes to both these questions, you’ve undoubtedly had to deal with one of my least favorite parts of parenting — kids shows.
I don’t want to go all negative on you, but — well screw it! — I hate most of them. I hate Thomas and his Train Engines, Handy Manny and his tools and Mickey with all of his friends. For three agonizing months, Will went through a Wiggles phase and I seriously thought my life was ending. Basically, anything that wasn’t Phineas & Ferb was pure torture. I sat through them because Will loved them, but inside I was praying a guy from Miami would walk into my living room, remove my eyes and eat them, because having my detached eyeballs staring at the inside of a stranger’s digestive tract is more appealing than having to listen to that insidious little bald whiner Caillou for another second.
But just when I thought I couldn’t stand it any longer, something miraculous happened — I watched the movie How to Train Your Dragon.
If you haven’t seen it, stop reading this post and go get yourself a copy and watch it with your kid(s) immediately. It’s fantastic. Truly. It’s got Vikings, friendship, father-son bonding, humor, it’s poignant, heart-wrenchingly sad, upliftingly joyful, a modicum of violence but also simultaneous tenderness. It’s entertaining as hell for both my 4-year-old son and me, a 32-year-old grown man.
But most important of all — it’s got DRAGONS! And if your kids like dragons (and let’s face it, if they DON’T like dragons you’re failing as a parent!), you’ll want to read what I’m about to write.
Dreamworks has gone above and beyond their normally spectacular work, to bring this amazing movie to life with the How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular. Which means, in a nutshell, that you can now take your kid to the DCU Center in Worcester (that’s for New England residents, check the schedule to see if the show is coming near you) and literally bring this world full of dragons to life. How can they bring mythical creatures to life? I’m glad you asked.
They’re turning the DCU Center into Dragon Central. That translates into 23 different animatronic flying, fire-shooting, smoke-breathing dragons with 40-foot wingspans that are up to 20 feet high and 50 feet long. The backdrop alone is a wall the size of NINE movie screens. Imagine sitting in a venue with your kids as dragons fly over your head making their favorite movie come alive, and being able to actually feel the heat when a Nightmare or a Zippleback lets loose a fiery stream. Getting the picture yet? This isn’t your run-of-the-mill ice capades we’re talking about here.
And now comes even better news.
As someone who has struggled mightily with finances over the last couple of years, I’ve regrettably had to forego these types of events because I couldn’t afford them. And that really sucks when you feel like you’re short-changing your kids. I get it. But thanks to the good people at Dreamworks and the DCU Center, they’re giving Daddy Files readers a break on ticket prices.
The show runs in Worcester from Wednesday, July 11 to Sunday, July 15. There are all sorts of different options (including VIP packages) you can buy, but now you can save 25% on all $51.50 seats for the 7/11 and 7/12 shows, as well as 25% on the $61.50 seats for the 7/13 show. All you have to do is click here to buy tickets, and then enter the (only slightly demeaning) discount code “MOM” when prompted.
If you want more info on the show or tickets, here are a few links:
- Ticket info
- Show info
- HTTYD Live Spectacular Facebook Page
- Follow DreamWorks Dragons on Twitter (@DWDragonsLive)
- Follow the DCU Center on Twitter (@DCUCenter)
I hope you all have a great time and if you go, please leave a comment here and tell me about your experience!
*Disclaimer: I received a free 4-pack of tickets to this show in exchange for writing this post.